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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 3:49 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Courts working on policies on judges’ COVID jabs; Ont. C.A. staying with virtual hearings for now
The Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Court of Justice, Canada’s largest trial court, are both working on COVID-19 vaccination policies for their judges.

Legal community shocked, grieved by colleague’s stabbing death, reviewing its security measures
A fatal stabbing at a Toronto law firm has lawyers revisiting their security measures this week, amid the legal community’s outpouring of grief and support for the family of a co-worker attacked on the job.

No legal cover for online defamatory comments ‘dressed up as reviews,’ B.C. court rules
Every weekday, shortly after rising at 4 a.m., veteran defamation lawyer Roger McConchie is at his home-office desk searching for the latest court judgments in Canadian defamation cases, most of which now involve instances of cyber-libel. One recent ruling, however, did not require much digging.

B.C. court orders new trial in drug trafficking case after lengthy delay in delivery of reasons
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a drug trafficking case after the delivery of reasons for judgment was delayed by three years. Counsel involved in the case said, “the Court of Appeal’s ruling is an important affirmation of the principle that justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to be done.”

How lawyers can learn from failure
In her column, Neha Chugh writes: “It was a typical afternoon this summer when I found myself being invited to another lawyer event — come to the event, the website boasted, where a prominent lawyer will share their tips for success. The lawyer’s glossy headshot featured with a list of their recent successes in court and in practice reveals a flawless face, a beaming smile and a well-pressed suit.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.